KOLLAM: Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has said that while development issues has to be the main plank in any election campaign, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, for obvious reasons, is not prepared to touch that subject.
At the ‘Janahitham-2011′ (people’s will) programme organised by the press club here on Monday, he said it was unfortunate that Mr. Achuthanandan was speaking of only scams and such things during the campaign for the April 13 Assembly elections in the State. He wanted Prakash Karat, general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], to clarify why the party was courting Jamaat-e-Islami, while, at the same time, labelling the Indian Union Muslim League communal. He recalled that CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan had earlier criticised the Jamaat-e-Islami as a communal organisation.
Answering a question, he said no assurance had been given to make the Indian Union Muslim League leader P.K. Kunhalikutty the Deputy Chief Minister in case the United Democratic Front came to power.
On corruption cases at the national level, he said that even a Union Minister had gone behind bars in the 2G spectrum case. In the Commonwealth Games scam, those involved had been arrested. But the CPI(M) was protecting those involved in corruption and criminal cases. The alleged criminal case in which the CPI(M) leader P. Sasi was involved should be investigated by the police and not the party.